Presenting a photo documentary of the Hansen candy making extravaganza 2005.
The tallies are in and we made a s*^tload of candy! :)
I would have to check with my MIL but this is my estimate.
86 Peanut Clusters
23 Coconut Clusters
12 Pecan clusters
2 trays of white mint chocolate (white chocolate with broken candy canes)
1.5 trays of rice crispy treat milk chocolate
50 dark mint chocolate Santa molds
lots of dark chocolate mint mini holly molds (much too small to count!)
28 white chocolate bell molds
24 white chocolate tree molds
4 green chocolate tree molds
12 big green chocolate holly molds
9 big green chocolate wreath molds
20 small green chocolate wreath molds
I don't think I missed anything.
This year we skipped out on doing rice crispy Santa molds and I think that saved a TON of time. Those molds are a PAIN! Way too many bubbles!.
As an added bonus we were much quicker and tidier this year. The whole process start (rolling out buckeyes and caramel (MIL makes the buckeye mix beforehand)) to finish (boxing candy and cleaning up) went from 10 AM to 10:30 PM. Not too shabby! Of course I was exhausted all the same.
This chocolate is divine. I may have tasted a bit more than my fair share yesterday. I will have to hide the extra chocolate from myself until the housewarming party.
I am going to let you in on the secret to wonderful tasting homemade chocolate. It is all in the wafers! The best melting chocolate to use is Merckens (Not sure about the spelling). Lucky for us we have a shop that sells the Merckens wafers nearby. You don't use any wax with these things! Just melt and dip and/or pour. 100% Tasty!
I slept in this morning so I am looking forward to a solo run later and lots of organizing in the home "office" :)
It snowed more last night so I will also probably get out and do some shoveling. I am under the impression that our street does not get any professional plowing done, ever. It was a sheet of ice last night while the rest of our towns main streets were fine.